adjective (esp. of chicken or turkey breast)
- divalproex sodium,
- dive bomber
Origin of divan2
- a backless sofa or couch, designed to be set against a wall
- a bed resembling such a couch
- a Muslim law court, council chamber, or counting house
- a Muslim council of state
Word Origin for divan
1580s, "Oriental council of state," from Turkish divan, from Arabic diwan, from Persian devan "bundle of written sheets, small book, collection of poems" (as in the "Divan i-Hafiz"), related to debir "writer."
Sense evolved through "book of accounts," to "office of accounts," "custom house," "council chamber," then to "long, cushioned seat," such as are found along the walls in Middle Eastern council chambers (see couch). The sofa/couch sense was taken into English 1702; the "book of poems" sense in 1823.